The “War on Terror” is just high-budget, mass-scale terrorism, and it creates more terrorism of the ordinary variety as well.
By Caitlin Johnson and cross-posted from Consortium News.
A report from Brown University’s Costs of War Project has found that at least 37 million people have been displaced as a result of America’s so-called War on Terror since 9/11, a conservative estimate of a number that may actually be somewhere between 48 million and 59 million.
That number — “at least 37 million” — happens by pure coincidence to be the exact same number of Americans reported to suffer from food insecurity because their government spends their wealth and resources killing and displacing people overseas.
This inconvenient revelation, which was actually reported on by The New York Times for once, is causing conniptions for all the right people, with The Washington Post‘s neoconservative war propagandist Josh Rogin ejaculating, “The @nytimes should be ashamed for running this as ‘analysis.’ Blaming the U.S. for the displacement of 7 million Syrians is crazy and dishonest. Way to launder anti-American propaganda.”
Sure Josh, it’s not like the extremist forces who flooded Syria with the goal of toppling Damascus were backed by the U.S. and its allies and sprung into existence as a direct result of the regional destabilization caused by Western interventionism in the name of fighting terror. Oh wait no that’s exactly what happened.
“This has been one of the major forms of damage, of course along with the deaths and injuries, that have been caused by these wars,” the lead author of the report David Vine told The New York Times. “It tells us that U.S. involvement in these countries has been horrifically catastrophic, horrifically damaging in ways that I don’t think that most people in the United States, in many ways myself included, have grappled with or reckoned with in even the slightest terms.”
Tens of millions of people forced to flee their homes in desperation as a result of the violence and destabilization caused by U.S. interventions justified by the need to fight “terrorism.”
How many Americans have indeed grappled with or reckoned with this in the slightest terms? Contemplated the scale and the depth of the suffering those interventions are causing real human beings with the same capacity for anguish as themselves? Asked themselves if the ends really justify the devastating means?
And, perhaps most importantly, asked themselves if they are quite sure who the real terrorists are in this situation?…